The NBA Final Series between two-time Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors starts tomorrow.
Next, an analysis, position by position.
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Golden State: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson
Toronto: Kyle Lowry and Danny Green
Without disrespect to Lowry, whose rudeness and leadership are obviated by people who only look at the points scored, this pareo clearly benefits Golden State. Curry and Thompson have averaged 42.5 combined points between them in their first 22 finals games together. And even in their bad days they are one of the most feared shooters in the game.
Toronto simply needs more from Green. Who is only shooting for 32 percent in the playoffs and 31 percent in three attempts.
Golden State: Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green.
Toronto: Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam
Durant will not be available for the first game due to a calf injury, and it is still unclear if he will be able to play at some point in the final. Iguodala is a past Most Valuable Player of the Final (2015) and Green is playing the best basketball of his life right now, and keeping his emotions controlled, which is a bonus for the Warriors.
Siakam has had great moments in this postseason and will possibly be the Player of the Highest Progress this season.
But this pareo will be defined by Leonard, who has loaded the Raptors in all the difficult moments they have faced in this postseason.
Advantage: Draw, based on which Kevin Durant will miss part of the series.
Golden State: Jordan Bell (possibly)
Toronto: Marc Gasol
Gasol has waited a lot for his first test of the finals and Bell – if he starts – has 35 points in 11 games this postseason. And do not be surprised if DeMarcus Cousins, who has never played in the finals and lost most of this postseason through injury, returns to the court for the Warriors, even as a starter. So far, Gasol has made more baskets of three (28) than two (22).
Advantage: Raptors, mostly due to the doubt of the availability of Cousins.
The rotation of the Warriors will change if Cousins and / or Durant return. Looney has been fantastic. Livingstone is looking for his fourth ring as a key reserve.
. Ibaka will have great minutes around Toronto. And VanVleet has had great moments after the birth of his son.
Kerr won five rings as a player, has three more as a leader. Nurse has dealt well with the pressure that comes with being a first-year technician.